michael woods Columbus Council Could Take Small Step Toward Diverting Police Funds By Nick Evans • Feb 22, 2021 Nick Evans / WOSU Last summer, as protesters demanding racial justice flooded Columbus streets, a meme began passing around social media, depicting the city budget as a bar graph with police spending dwarfing every other expenditure. Interim Columbus Police Chief Shuffles Officers To Handle Rash Of Violence By Nick Evans • Feb 8, 2021 David Holm / WOSU Interim Columbus Police chief Michael Woods is moving some of his detectives after a particularly violent weekend. The department responded to more than a dozen shootings in the last few days. Columbus Logs 173 Homicides In City's Deadliest Year Ever By Adora Namigadde • Dec 30, 2020 Adora Namigadde / WOSU With just two days left, Columbus has seen 173 homicides in 2020. Columbus Police Deputy Chief Michael Woods says this is the most homicides the city has seen in a single year.